From September 18, the American public will be able to visit their own Mint & Boxed. The company, formed by Jeffrey Levy in 1983, which operated from Edgware in Middlesex, now has a new three storey gallery at 1124 Madison Avenue at 84th street, the heart of New York’s art centre.
In control will be Vernon Chamberlain; the gallery will in the main offer tin toys, but also cast iron toys, both being highly popular with American collectors.
To launch the gallery, an auction was held on September 13, with the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Aids Research.
On offer both in New York and at 110 High street, Edgware will be a collection of antique toys recently acquired by Mint & Boxed, comprising over 1,000 pieces, once the property of the Alexander Gallery and its owner, Alexander Acavedo. Included are tin toys by George Brown, Alshof Bergmann and Merriam Toys, plus cast iron and tin plate items by Marklin, Bing and Carette. Mint & Boxed intend to publish a book, illustrating the majority if the 1,000 items in colour.
The company has also purchased the Matchbox collection of Phil Beresford of New Zealand, amounting to some 2,500 pieces.